June 19, 2020
Upgrading your Home Office for the Long Term
POSTED BY Truspace
As multiple communities begin transitioning into Phase 2 of reopening services and attractions, we also prepare to accept new realities as we return to our respective offices. Office spaces will still need to accommodate social distancing regulations and take regular sanitation into account. If you’ve been eager to return to the office full time, you might be shocked to find ‘full time’ includes a split between remote and on-location working. If you haven’t had a chance to invest in your home office over the past three months, perhaps it’s time to start upgrade your office for the long run.
Although most of us did the bare minimum pulling together a makeshift workspace, the consequences of an unergonomic home office can be lasting. Have you begun to notice constant aches from spending long hours hunched over a desk that was too low or a monitor that was set up too high? Things like typing posture are crucial in preventing common office ailments like lower back strain, spinal misalignment, and even diagnoses like tendonitis and carpal tunnel. If you’ve made due working from bed without access to a real home office, you may have noticed a drop in productivity from working under the covers without regular breaks or exposure to sunlight. Poor home working environments can even have serious mental repercussions, including excessive loneliness, low motivation, depression and anxiety. However, conditions like are usually regulated with frequent social interaction, physical activity and regular exposure to fresh air, sunlight and a change in scenery.
After time spent working from home previously, you probably have an idea of where to start with changes. This may include upgrading to an internet and phone package that has the bandwidth to handle the volume of calls and virtual meetings you’ll be doing. Get yourself set up with a reliable VPN to ensure both privacy and security while accessing your work desktop. While you’re at it, you’re probably in desperate need of a complete supply and stationery restock.
Lastly, the most valuable investment you’ll need make is upgrading that fold-up chair you’ve been using at your counter for the last 3 months. While ideally, a proper desk and chair would be desirable for a home office, we also realize some improvisation may be needed. If investing in a desk, look into sit-stand desks with hydraulic capabilities. A sit-stand desk can be a good alternative to accommodate the height of an office chair you may already have, while allowing for some movement, and versatility in how you work. Likewise, an ergonomic chair offers not only height adjustment, but controls for lumbar support, arm height, gait and more. If you already possess a desk at home, purchasing a customizable ergonomic chair for your desk might be the more valuable option for you. While this may seem like a splurge, take into account your expenses saved from gym memberships, childcare, transit and gas costs, and consider investing these savings towards your new semi-permanent arrangement.
As dual work areas are projected to be the standard going forward, it’ll be important to create a space that offers the same comfort and ability for productivity as your work office. Be sure to customize your home office to meet the versatility of your own workflow, and don’t make the mistake of putting together a workspace last minute. Don’t know where to start with upgrading your home office? Take a peek at our online store for some inspiration!